Napoleon Hill is probably best known for advocating the power of the Mastermind. I’m a member of an informal Mastermind group with some bright friends, and another formal Mastermind group with some brilliant colleagues. I swear by them, but I also am a big believer in another piece of advice from Hill, not as well known…
The first Mastermind alliance you must form is with yourself.
We all have duality, both positive and negative. And the older most people get, the more they are drawn to the negative side. This is because the vast majority of subliminal programming and mind viruses circling the globe today are of the negative and limiting variety.
So when you are offered an opportunity, you have two choices:
A) Wow, I could crush with this.
B) That works for other people, but it would never work for me.
When you get an unfavorable medical diagnosis:
A) Okay. But I can beat this.
B) I wonder if I’ll make it.
When a business venture is failing:
A) What lesson can I take from this to win the next time?
B) I knew it would fail. You have to have money to make money.
Every one of us has a “default setting.” It is the mental attitude that determines whether we automatically go positive – or go negative.
There is a side of you that wants to wallow in victim-hood and validate every setback as preordained. We absolve ourselves of responsibility, convince ourselves that we gave it our best effort, but it was just not to be.
There is another side of you that believes and has faith. This side simply does not recognize defeat as anything but a temporary setback; a growing experience and opportunity to learn and modify.
It is this second side of you that creates greatness and does epic things. That is the side of you that you must nurture. Get in touch with that side of you and make that your first Mastermind alliance!